The meeting between the Government of Ayuso and the doctors on strike ends with an “important rapprochement”

“Important approach” of the postures. Thus ends the meeting of more than six hours between the Ministry of Health and the strike committee of family doctors and pediatricians. Spokesperson Ángela Hernández informed her after her meeting that the doctors’ strike will continue this Wednesday but she acknowledges that the negotiations are on the right track. As the general secretary of Amyts has pointed out, there is an “important rapprochement” regarding the reduction of the care burden. The greatest divergence would be in the salary improvements of the toilets, a point, she has said, in which “they are very closed” from the Government chaired by Isabel Díaz Ayuso.

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Hernández explained that the negotiations “point in the right direction” with “a series of lines” that are going to be consulted with the professionals to establish a position in a new meeting with the Ministry this Wednesday afternoon. “The rapprochement is important otherwise, we would not be considering presenting it to the professionals and we will see what they tell us about it,” stressed the spokeswoman for the strike committee, who preferred not to give many details out of “respect” for her colleagues.

Family doctors and pediatricians in health centers – a total of 5,000 professionals – began an indefinite strike this Monday to denounce the work overload, the endless schedules and the lack of time to care for patients. Also the lack of doctors and precarious conditions. The Ministry of Health and the union of doctors Amyts – caller of the strike – have met this Tuesday for the second time to try to put an end to the strikes without success and have called for a new meeting this Wednesday. Regarding reducing patient ratios, something that Hernández has indicated as the most important thing for professionals, there has been progress in the negotiations. Not so in salary improvements: “We are not saying that this is not important, but what it is about here is being able to practice medicine in a dignified manner.”

The requests that they transferred in writing to the Ministry of Health had to do precisely with this overload and for this reason they demanded a maximum of 31 patients per consultation for family doctors and 21 patients for pediatrics, a minimum of ten minutes per patient, the establishment of a single agenda per nominal doctor and without having to see patients from other agendas, as is currently the case, and the consolidation of schedules that allow conciliation. They also demanded “remuneration improvements” that make Primary Care “attractive” and allow “stopping the exodus” of professionals so much that generational change is difficult. This last point is the most controversial in the negotiations, said Amyts’ spokeswoman.

The president of the Community of Madrid has recognized this Tuesday for the first time that more doctors are needed in health centers, that attractive incentives are not offered to residents who finish their family medicine training in Madrid and that the conditions of the toilets Primary Care are precarious, since they link temporary contracts. In this sense, Ayuso has proposed the implementation of a system that avoids excessive appointments in Primary, end job insecurity and incentives for MIRs in order to retain them.

Despite the initial optimism, Hernández has recognized that an agreement will not mean the end of years of deterioration in Primary Care. “There are points of rapprochement, although we cannot generate tremendous expectations either. The primary care situation in Madrid is very complicated, especially in the last ten years, and what we are trying to do is find ways to make it attractive again for doctors and paediatricians”, he pointed out, adding that we must bear in mind account “that this will mean a lot of work from now on.” “We can’t think in terms of ‘there were problems and with this there are no more problems.’ In that we are realistic and we know that we are not that close to that ”.

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